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Recovery Centers of America at Raritan Bay Employee Wins The Daisy Award For Extraordinary Nurses

Registered nurse Nicole Yanez was recognized for her dedication and achievements in treating patients with substance use disorder

South Amboy, N.J., May 29, 2024 – Recovery Centers of America (RCA) at Raritan Bay, a drug and alcohol addiction treatment facility serving communities throughout Northern New Jersey and Southern New York State, today announced that Nicole Yanez, RN, was recently honored with The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s programs to honor nurses for the compassionate contributions they make every day going above and beyond expectations in science and sensitivity.

“I am thrilled to congratulate Nicole as a DAISY Award honoree,” said LeoDante Ognibene, chief executive officer of RCA at Raritan Bay. “As a registered nurse at our Center since 2023, she exemplifies RCA’s commitment to compassionate treatment, helping us toward our goal of saving a million lives from substance use disorder. She is a shining example of what a nurse should be.”

Yanez was nominated by her colleagues for her high-quality, personalized, patient-centered care, creating a supportive and empathetic environment for patients and their families/loved ones. In one notable instance, she demonstrated her extraordinary dedication and quick thinking. With compassion and urgency, she provided critical support to a patient in distress, ensuring the appropriate parties were notified and the patient received the necessary care. Thanks to her swift actions, the patient was motivated for continued treatment at RCA.

“Receiving the DAISY Award is a profound honor, highlighting the impact we, as nurses, have on our patients’ lives,” said Yanez. “It’s humbling to join a global community of dedicated healthcare professionals committed to extraordinary care.”

RCA at Raritan Bay’s caring team of experts are focused on saving and improving the lives of those suffering from addiction to substances such as alcohol, heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, Xanax, methamphetamine, prescription drugs and others. No matter the form of one’s struggles with substance abuse, RCA provides the life skills needed to move forward, free from drugs and alcohol. The Center is an inclusive and safe treatment option to begin a patient’s journey to addiction recovery.

Based in Glen Ellen, California, the not-for-profit DAISY Foundation was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.  

“When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night,” said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, CEO and co-founder, The DAISY Foundation. “Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at Recovery Centers of America are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

If you or your loved one are struggling with addiction or mental health issues associated with addiction, the staff at Recovery Centers of America is here to help. Call 1-844-5-RCA-NOW (844-572-2669) for help today.

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About The DAISY Foundation

In addition to The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, the Foundation expresses gratitude to the nursing profession internationally in over 4,600 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing with recognition of direct care Nurses, Nurse-led Teams, Nurse Leaders, Nurses Advancing Health Equity, Nursing Faculty, Nursing Students, Lifetime Achievement in Nursing and through the J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects, Medical Mission Grants their new Health Equity Grant program. More information is available at

About Recovery Centers of America 

Recovery Centers of America (RCA) is on a mission to help 1 million patients achieve lifelong recovery through evidence-based treatment for substance use disorder and co-occurring mental health conditions – one neighborhood at a time. The RCA Care Model features a clinically proven, full continuum of inpatient and outpatient services at 11 world-class facilities in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and Southeast regions. RCA admits patients 24/7, accepts most insurances, and provides transportation, intervention and family support services when needed. RCA is proud to have several of its sites recognized multiple times in Newsweek’s America’s Best Addiction Centers rankings for excellence. For inquiries or admissions, call 1-844-5-RCA-NOW (844-572-2669).



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